Al-Futtaim Motors has launched the all-new 2020 Toyota Corolla in the UAE, and for the first time, it is now available with a Hybrid Electric powertrain as well. The Corolla is the Japanese auto giant’s best-selling nameplate – with over 47 million units sold all over the globe, it witnesses record sales figures in the Middle East, too. Toyota has improved their star C-segment stalwart by incorporating a comprehensive facelift, accompanied by more features and improved mechanicals.
At the launch event that was held in Dubai, Saud Abbasi, Managing Director of Al-Futtaim Toyota, said, “The all-new 2020 Corolla is the most radical rethink of the iconic nameplate yet. Not only is it forward-looking in its technology, it delivers a driving experience that is unprecedented. In addition to the petrol variant, customers will now also have a Hybrid Electric option, thereby enhancing the appeal of the Corolla badge while answering an increasing need for clean motoring in the UAE. We are confident the new model will carry the legacy of the Corolla nameplate even further. Al-Futtaim Toyota has been the pioneer in sustainable mobility in the UAE launching the first Hybrid Electric Vehicle in 2008. The launch of the all-new Corolla Hybrid further reinforces our commitment to the UAE 2021 vision. Over the next few years, customers can look forward to a greater number of HEV models catering to various tastes and needs.”
The Corolla is the Japanese auto giant’s best-selling nameplate - with over 47 million units sold all over the globe
“The all-new 2020 Corolla is the most radical rethink of the iconic nameplate yet. Not only is it forward-looking in its technology, it delivers a driving experience that is unprecedented. In addition to the petrol variant, customers will now also have a Hybrid Electric option, thereby enhancing the appeal of the Corolla badge while answering an increasing need for clean motoring in the UAE," Saud Abbasi, Managing Director of Al-Futtaim Toyota.
The all-new 2020 Corolla is built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, and boasts a stronger body shell (which is 60 percent more rigid than before), lower centre of gravity, improved multi-link suspension for better driving dynamics and ride comfort, and the “2.0 Emotional Design” language. The new design language benefits the 2020 Toyota Corolla, and it even resembles the new Camry, especially when viewed from the front. The sculpted front fascia now sports a streamlined yet more muscular bonnet, underlined by a thin chrome grille, distinctly shaped headlamps with signature LED daytime-running lights (DRLs), and a deep-chin bumper that is flanked by C-shaped faux air-intake surrounds.
The reworked styling also reflects in the new Corolla’s side body panels which now house some striking contours and character lines, sporty side sills, and new designs for the machine-cut alloy wheels. The rear has been tidied up as well with the inclusion of a new boot lid design, elegant 3-D design LED tail lamps, neat chrome garnish, and a well-moulded bumper. Overall, the all-new Corolla looks far more upmarket and premium when compared to its predecessor. Equally as important as the exterior refresh, is what the Japanese carmaker has been able to accomplish on the inside.
The all-new 2020 Corolla is built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform.
The 2020 Corolla’s cabin has been given a makeover, and now boasts of a well laid out, clean design. Thanks to the clever use of different coloured trim and surface finishes, and due to the interplay between gentle curves and crisp contours – this interior appears modern and fairly sophisticated. It isn’t just the styling or design, as Toyota has improved the new Corolla’s build quality and fit-and-finish, too. Meanwhile, some of the most interesting features in this cabin include the 7-inch colour driver’s display in the instrument cluster, 7-inch touch-infotainment head unit, power sunroof, and a wireless smartphone charging pad. As standard, all variants of the 2020 Corolla come with cruise control, four airbags, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), and Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD).
The 2020 Toyota Corolla costs between AED 71,900 to AED 95,900, the latter being the sticker price for the rang-topping hybrid GLI variant. The brand-new Corolla Hybrid’s hybrid-electric powertrain utilises a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine and two battery packs to produce a combined output of 121hp. Working in tandem with its continuously variable transmission (CVT), this powertrain allows for a fuel economy of up to 3.62 L/100 km. Meanwhile, the petrol-only variants of the Corolla are also equipped with CVT gearboxes, and can be had with either a 1.6-litre or 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine. The smaller unit develops 121hp, while the punchier mill makes 168hp and 200Nm of maximum torque.